GR34 hiking Bretagne

Roadtrip along the coast

Best seaside trip between Saint-Malo and Cancale : Summer edition!


Hi eddploreurs, what are your plans for Summer? Only stay in big cities and visit some famous attraction?  Oh, come on, it’s summertime! Should enjoy the sun, the beauty of the sea and of all the landscape we have in North of Brittany. 🙂

Here is a trip I discovered last week thanks to bus 8 who came from Saint-Malo during Summer. Perfect way to enjoy our beaches, and the Breton nature, without car.

Be careful, because the bus 8 is available only during Summer! Which means that we have to wait a whole year from now to enjoy it once again 🙁

Can’t wait! You can still read our article to prepare yourself for Summer 2020! 😉



Start by Dol, of course! 

Take a train from Dol de Bretagne, where is Edd Hostel, to Saint-Malo. It’s better start your day early, because you’ll have plenty of things to discover!

If you are curious about Dol de Bretagne, I advise you to read some article like these. This is a city really cute and easy-living, you will feel like at home here, and the past of the city is really interesting, you’ll be surprise!



First stop: Saint-Malo

I left Dol around 8 am. with the train to go to Saint-Malo. Only 16 minutes of way and it cost 5€, it’s cheap! Once in Saint-malo, from the train station I joined Le Sillon, and walked until Intramuros. The view on intra and le fort national is amazing! It was a lovely day, because of the weather, and we had the chance to have buskers on the street and discover Saint-Malo, in music it’s perfect!

So after, walked around the ramparts to discover the city and it beaches, I couldn’t resist the temptation to eat a Kouign Amann from the famous shop : Les Délices du Gouverneur (Here an explanation of what’s our Kouign Amann).

Finally, I spent almost 3h in Saint-Malo, and it’s worth a visit!!

Now, let’s go discovering the wild coast between Saint-Malo and Cancale. To join it, I take the bus 8 (bus stop, close to the Tourist Office).


Second stop: Le fort du Guesclin

Stop at the Fort du Guesclin, it’s my favorite beach!

Of course, we could swim in all the beaches that you cross on your way, for whom who like swimming it would be a shame to not enjoy swimming in turquoise water. Especially during summer, the water is around 20°, this is perfect to be refresh during the hike.

To start the hiking, follow the sign red and white. Don’t worry about this, the path is really well-indicate, you can’t be lost. Between from the Fort du Guesclin to the Pointe du Grouin is around 2 hours walk. The path allows you to discover lots of places as Pointe du Meinga – Plage du petit port – Plage du verger – Plage de Saussaye, to finaly arrive at Pointe du Grouin. But, it’s great all the way, what joy to walk along this beautiful Breton cost.


Third stop: La Pointe du Grouin

Alala, we are arriving in Pointe du Grouin!! One of our pearl in Brittany. It’s really a place which is important for me. I like coming here, to relax, just escape for the real world and just look at the sea. Like me you could walk on the path, just walk on the stone or even have a lunch. For me it was my lunch break: a good baguette with cheese, faithful French that I am ;).

La Pointe du Grouin, it also a natural place, where it’s possible to discover the wild local flora. Also, it allows you to have a panorama in all the Mont Saint-Michel Bay. If you’re lucky you could even spot the Mont Saint-Michel far away.


4eme stop: Cancale 

Then, you can go back to the path GR34 to join Cancale. But don’t forget to have a look on your watch before because between la Pointe du Grouin and Cancale you still have 1h by feet. 🙂

Well-arrived in Cancale, I choose to go to the port to taste the famous oysters from Cancale : After effort comes comfort :p You can read more about Cancale and its specialties in my other article 😉 !


Last step: Come back at Edd Hostel

So, to come back at Edd Hostel, I took the bus 8 to Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes. Check the timetable before, because the schedule changes according to the day. I choose to take the bus in Cancale port, but if you choose to have more breaks you can take the bus directly in Pointe du Grouin or even Port-Pican. It’s about 15-20min. roads before arriving in the station. If the bus doesn’t go to the train station you can stop in Saint-Méloir city center and walk 35minutes (3kilometers).

So happy that Edd Hostel is just located close to the train station in Dol, I walked enough for today !! 😉

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